Port St. Maarten to welcome more cruises this year

Published on : Tuesday, January 24, 2017

St. MaartenPort St. Maarten is predicted to welcome a large number of cruise vessels this year following a dull year in terms of cruise arrival in 2016.


The  harbor announced in a press release  on Sunday that the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) would increase its number of cruise calls to the destination in the year 2017 as compared to 2016. It is believed to make 39 port calls and bring as many as 101,007 cruise travellers to this locale. In 2016, NCL had been able to make 29 calls and ushered in 82,316 passengers.


Also, the harbor declared that this brand offers itineraries to over 510 destinations across the world armed with a fleet of 24 cruise ships.


By 2017-2019, NCL has three new ships on order that have to be delivered. The first ship named Norwegian Joy would be carrying 4,200 passengers and would be delivered in the summer of 2017. This vessel is specially designed for the Chinese market. And, in the autumn of 2019, the cruise ships that would be arriving here include Breakaway Plus carrying about 4,200 passengers and Norwegian Bliss that would be carrying 4,200 passengers.


Norwegian Cruise Lines Holding Limited is a leading global cruise company that controls the Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises brands.


NCL would be providing four-day cruises from Miami to Cuba in May 2017 on the Norwegian Sky that is the largest ship sailing to Cuba.


The management personnel of Port St. Maarten mentioned in a press release on Sunday that they would be looking forward to an increase in the number of calls for 2017. The last year, they said was a challenging one for this port. However, they would continue to work strategically and diligently on this and engage in discussions with cruise line executives.


The statement also asserted that the cruise sector is making it foray into new markets like China and Cuba apart from developing their own private islands.


They went on to add that these developments are goals that they would persistently work for and work on these strengths.



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